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Symantec Security Software Ships on Nine of Top 10 Notebooks Computers Worldwide

  • 04 March, 2004 10:55

<p>FYI - Below is a US release that crossed the wires. If you would like to speak to a Symantec spokesperson please contact Catherine Smith on 02 9954 3299.</p>
<p>News Release</p>
<p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p>
<p>SYMANTEC SECURITY SOFTWARE SHIPS ON NINE OF TOP 10 NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS WORLDWIDE</p>
<p>Windows Notebooks Dominate Mobile Market; Symantec Protects Them All</p>
<p>CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 4, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security technology, today announced that nine of the world’s top 10 notebook vendors ship Symantec security solutions with their portable computers. According to research firm IDC, notebooks are the fastest growing PC market segment, and sales of notebooks have now surpassed those of desktops. Today, nine of the top 10 notebook vendors are based on the Windows operating system. Together, these machines claim 76.5 per cent of the worldwide portables market. Symantec security software ships on all nine of these best-selling systems in this fast-growing notebook market. Some of these top nine Windows-based notebook vendors include Acer, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, IBM, NEC Computers International, Sony, and Toshiba.
“The efficiency and productivity gains offered by mobile computing are driving consumers, small businesses, and corporations to invest in notebooks at an unprecedented rate,” said Matthew Moynahan, vice president of Product Management, Client and Host Security, at Symantec. “To ensure that these mobile computers are protected from online threats, and to mitigate risk to the systems and networks these computers integrate with, users must have effective security software in place. We are pleased to provide this Internet security protection to the thousands of individuals and businesses adopting mobile technology.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, within three years, 40 per cent of all workers will perform a significant part of their job outside of the office. A similar trend is seen by IDC, who estimates that two-thirds of the U.S. workforce will be considered mobile by 2006. However, paralleling this increased mobility is a rise in the number, complexity, and speed of threats to mobile systems that are outside the perimeter protection offered by the corporate security infrastructure. Blended threats put unprotected notebook computers-as well as the corporate networks to which they connect-at risk of infection and attack. Moreover, blended threats are a growing problem; 20 per cent more blended threats were reported during the first half of 2003 than in the previous six months, according to the most recent Symantec Internet Security Threat Report.
Symantec security solutions such as Norton AntiVirus, Norton Personal Firewall, and Norton Internet Security protect mobile users against the dangers of blended threats and other malicious code. Norton AntiVirus 2004 is the world’s most trusted antivirus, safeguarding notebook users from viruses, worms, and Trojan horses, as well as spyware, adware, and keystroke logging programs. Norton Personal Firewall 2004 automatically blocks malicious incoming and outgoing Internet traffic. Norton Internet Security 2004 combines the virus protection of Norton AntiVirus and the firewall and intrusion detection capabilities of Norton Personal Firewall with privacy and parental control capabilities and spam filtering technology.
About Symantec
Symantec, the world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security software and appliance solutions to individuals, enterprises and service providers. The company is a leading provider of client, gateway and server security solutions for virus protection, firewall and virtual private network, vulnerability management, intrusion detection, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises and service providers around the world. Symantec’s Norton brand of consumer security products is a leader in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 38 countries. For more information, please visit www.symantec.com.au
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<p>Symantec and the Symantec logo are trademarks or registered trademarks, in the United States and certain other countries, of Symantec Corporation. Additional company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the individual companies and are respectfully acknowledged.</p>
<p>FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements, including forecasts of future revenue and earnings per share, expected activities, and other financial and business results that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from results expressed or implied by this press release. Such risk factors include, among others: the sustainability of recent growth rates, particularly in consumer products; the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, particularly enterprise security; the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments; the competitive environment in the software industry; general market conditions, fluctuations in currency exchange rates, changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems; and whether Symantec can successfully develop new products and the degree to which these gain market acceptance. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements in this press release. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the Risk Factors sections of Symantec’s previously filed Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Symantec assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release except as otherwise required by law.</p>
<p>For further information please contact:
Antoinette Trovato
Symantec Australia/New Zealand
Phone: 02-8879-1173
Mobile: 0408-495-337
Email: atrovato@symantec.com</p>
<p>Amanda Wallace
Spectrum Communications
Phone: 02-9954-3299
Email: amandaw@spectrumcomms.com.au</p>

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